Rahul Dravid : A look behind the wall

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Rahul Dravid : A look behind the wall

When we think of batsmen that teams can always rely on to get their team out of a messy situation, Rahul Dravid has to be the first name that comes to mind. Having done just that in countless occasions for India, Dravid will go down in history as one of greatest Indian batsman of all time. Affectionately and appropriately nicknamed “the wall”, because of his sturdy defence and resolute batting style, Dravid is one of those batsmen who almost never gave his wicket away cheaply. While Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag were known for their expansive batting, Dravid was better known for his unbreakable defence which made him an integral part of the Indian cricket team.

Rahul Dravid was born on 1973 in Indore and grew up in Bangalore, Karnataka. He has a degree in commerce from St. Joseph’s college of commerece. Dravid was first discovered in the famous M. Chinnaswamy Stadium at the age of 12 while playing for his school team as he scored a century for them. He made his Ranji Trophy debut on February 1991 for Pune against Maharashtra, where he scored 82 turns batting at number 7 as the match ended in a draw. His first complete season for Pule was the next one, in which he scored 380 runs at a healthy average of 63.3 which led him to be selected for the South Zone in the Duleep Trophy.

rahul dravidDravid made his international debut for India against Sri Lanka in the Singer Cup just after the 1996 World Cup. He was rather disappointing in that tournament resulting in the the selectors dropping him f rom the team. Dravid was later picked for a series against England and made a much better impression in the Test arena playing a 95 run innings and 84 run innings in consecutive test matches.

After some half decent home performances against Australia and South Africa he really came into his own in India’s tour of South Africa. He was asked to bat at number 3 and scored 148 runs and 81 runs in the third test, which earned him his first ever man of the match award. After that, with a solid 90 runs against arch rivals Pakistan in the Sahara Cup, Rahul Dravid was really starting to make a name for himself in international cricket.

Till 1998 Dravid had then managed to score very consistently aiding India’s cause in many matches. During 1999’s New Year’s test match against New Zealand, Dravid became only the third Indian batsmen to score centuries in both innings with 190 and 103 not out. He continued his good form in the 1999 World cup. A solid innings of 110 against Kenya and a 145 against Srilanka in the World Cup helped him become the tournaments leading run scorer with 461 runs.

In the year 2002, Dravid finally started to come out of that huge shadow of Sachin Tendulkar as he established himself as a premier test match batsman. In that year Dravid scored an unbeaten 144 runs against West Indies, first of 4 consecutive centuries as he scored 3 more against England. And in the season of 2003-04, Rahul wowed his fans with 3 double centuries against New Zealand, Australia and Pakistan in trying conditions.

His brilliant batting led him to quickly climbing the ICC test rating and becoming widely acknowledged as one of the best test cricket batsmen of all time. In the absence of Sourav Ganguly, Dravid was elected captain of the Indian team as he led India to their first test victory over Pakistan in Pakistan. And at Rawalpindi, Dravid scored a sensational 270 runs against Pakistan, taking them to a historic series win over their arch rivals.

 

Dravid fell off the radar soon after that as great batsmen like Youvraj Singh and Virender Sehwag emerged in to the international arena. But Dravid was always a part of the Indian test team and was still regarded as an important player in test match cricket. Dravid finally announced his retirement f rom ODI and T20 cricket in 2011 as he finished with over 10,000 ODI runs at an average of about 39 runs.

He is still a big part of the test team as he showed in the 2011 tour of England right after the world cup, being the only India batsmen to perform well in that miserable series. Dravid has scored 12,775 runs so far in Test match cricket with a healthy average of 53 runs per innings. And as his international career career comes close to and end, Rahul Dravid, a man loved by an entire nation for what he has done for his country will definitely go down as one of the best test match cricketer’s in history.


 

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